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Agave Lemon French 75 Cocktail

I used to tune in on the reg to watch Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee on Food Network.  While I thought she was a little over the top, I LOVED that she always had a cocktail time.  Back then, our Friday night usual was enjoying a cocktail recipe from her show while hanging on the back deck with friends.  Oh the days before kids!  A French 75 cocktail reminds me of a drink Sandra Lee would chug while decorating her “tablescape” and whipping up some dish in her microwave.  This is not her recipe, but I give her credit for the inspiration. (more…)

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Champagne Cherry Gelatin Mold

I love old cookbooks and get many an inspiration from the recipes of the 50’s and 60’s.  The Joy of Cooking is my favorite and I especially love the “mold” section.  So many of the dishes crack me up. I can’t seriously believe someone would want to make and then actually eat molded cream fish.  I’m so glad that’s out of fashion.  Still, the recipes take me back to when I was little and in my grandma’s kitchen.  We almost always had Christmas dinner at her house and there was a beautiful fruit-filled gelatin mold on the table every year. (more…)

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New Year’s Eve Kir Royal

You better be making some Champagne cocktails this holiday season!  They require minimal effort, but the payoff is huge. The Kir Royal, a combination of Champagne and creme de cassis, is an excellent choice for your bar when entertaining during the holiday season.  I’m surprised the French even want to put anything in their Champagne, but apparently, cassis isn’t like, gasp, orange juice in your bubbly!  This cocktail makes for a pretty and different drink at your bar for New Year’s Eve. (more…)

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Rosemary Prosecco Mule for the Holidays

It’s Mule week here at The Happy Lush and this Rosemary Prosecco Mule is so good!  My previous post used Bourbon as the base where this recipe is all about the bubbly.  Prosecco makes a terrific bubbly to use in cocktails for several reasons: it’s reasonably priced, has a fruitier flavor which works well in cocktails, and the bubbles are festive. (more…)

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